Sales Blog Automobile Insurance Sales 101 Automobile Liability Coverage Part II
Auto Liability coverage is available either as a combined single limit policy, or as a split limit policy:
Combined single limit - A combined single limit combines property damage auto liability coverage and bodily injury coverage under one single combined limit. For example, an insured driver with a combined single liability limit strikes another vehicle and injures the driver and the passenger. Payments for the damages to the other driver's car, as well as payments for injury claims for the driver and passenger, would be paid out under this same coverage.
Auto Split limits - A split limit auto liability coverage policy splits the coverages into property damage coverage and bodily injury coverage. In the example given above, payments for the other driver's vehicle would be paid out under property damage coverage, and payments for the injuries would be paid out under bodily injury coverage.
Bodily injury liability coverage is also usually split into a maximum payment per person and a maximum payment per accident.
The limits are often expressed separated by slashes in the following form: "bodily injury per person"/"bodily injury per accident"/"property damage". For example, California requires this minimum coverage:
$15,000 for injury/death to one person
$30,000 for injury/death to more than one person
$5,000 for damage to property
This would be expressed as "$15,000/$30,000/$5,000".
Another example, in the state of Oklahoma, drivers must carry at least state minimum liability limits of $25,000/$50,000/$25,000. If an insured driver hits a car full of people and is found by the auto insurance company to be liable, the auto insurance company will pay $25,000 of one person's medical bills but will not exceed $50,000 for other people injured in the accident. The insurance company will not pay more than $25,000 for property damage in repairs to the vehicle that the insured one hit.
In the state of Indiana, the minimum auto liability limits are $25,000/$50,000/$10,000, so there is a greater property damage exposure for only carrying the minimum limits.